Risk Management Report: Kuwait
Risk Management Reports
- 10 Sep 2014
| 1 minute read
Kuwait has been governed by the Al-Sabah family since the 18th
century. It gained independence from Britain in 1961; a new constitution
written that year confirmed the hereditary monarchy, but gave significant
powers to an independent judiciary and an elected assembly. The emir –
currently Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah – retains final say and political
parties are banned. But the 50-member assembly has proven more vibrant
than expected, and Kuwait has often been held up as a beacon for
democratisation in the region. Friction between the elected parliament and
the appointed government has been an ongoing problem, however, often
resulting in paralysis of the state. Parliament has twice been shut down – from
1976 to 1981 and from 1986 to 1992 – and there have been three general
elections since February 2012.
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